If you suffer from chronic pain, you’re not alone; approximately one third of Americans have the same medical condition. Not only can chronic pain be debilitating, it can also have a negative impact on your social and psychological wellbeing. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong, so don’t ignore it! If you’re experiencing chronic pain, the licensed physiotherapists at ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre may be able to help you reduce and better manage your persistent pain.
While acute pain is short-lived and often easy to manage, chronic pain persists for months and can even last for years if not treated properly. There are a variety of chronic pain conditions including headache, low back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain, cancer pain and neuropathic pain, among many others. Many of these chronic pain conditions stem from a previous injury or illness; however, others have no specific cause.
There are various treatment options for chronic pain sufferers including traditional medical management which involve pain relievers, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and/or opioids. However, before you consider long term pharmacological use, there are a number of effective conservative treatment options that you may want to try first such as exercise, physical therapy, nerve stimulation and psychological therapy. A multi-modal approach to chronic pain is always best.
Your body is a masterpiece that consists of an array of muscles that are attached to the joints throughout your body. For optimal functionality of your body, there needs to be a balance of muscle length and strength between opposing muscles that are attached to surround the joints. In most cases, people transition from childhood with fairly neutral posture wherein our muscles and connective tissue are nicely balanced and we can move well.
As the years pass and our work and home lives become more habitual and activities more repetitive, we can start to experience postural adaptations that leave us unbalanced. Daily activities such as lifting groceries, picking up your child, sitting at a computer all day can lead to muscle imbalances. This imbalance means that the muscles and connective tissue on one side of your body may be short and tight, while the other side is long and weak, for example. Over time, this type of imbalance will affect your movement while performing your daily activities leading to your entire body struggling to adapt. If the imbalance isn’t properly addressed it can lead to discomfort and loss or performance, which may progress to chronic pain. Having a postural assessment by the physiotherapists at ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre can be of tremendous value in helping you understand the role posture may be playing in your muscular imbalance and preventing chronic pain. They can then create an individualized program to help you restore your natural balance and mobility.
The licensed physiotherapists at ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre suggest performing a few simple exercises at home to help correct common muscle imbalances:
If you regularly work out, the licensed physiotherapists at ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre have a few tips to help prevent a muscle imbalance:
The good news is that if your chronic pain is being caused by a muscle imbalance, this condition doesn’t have to be permanent.
The licensed physiotherapists at ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre can assess your condition and develop a treatment plan that will set you on the right track towards a balanced body with less pain. Give ProActive Rehab & Sport Injury Centre a call today to get started.
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